republicans critics continue to see her as the public face of the benghazi scandal. in your story, peter, you talked about the president's, quote, your words, defiant selection. how much was this mr. obama telling republicans you are not going to push me around? >> i think it is. he has had a much more assertive approach to nominations and appointments since he passed over susan rice, didn't give her secretary of state, gave it to john kerry. since then, he said, i'm going to put up chuck hagel and vib victoria nuland and tom perez and jena mccarthy. they have decided they don't think they can work with republicans on the hill. he is going to sort of dare them, in effect, to reject people he thinks is qualified. >> you would agree that sometimes presidents need to stand up to their opponents. was this the right time, place, and person to do it with?